Cliffbee.com: G2 Sizzle Toy Review

Toy Reviews
Individual Review




Name: Sizzle
Series: Generation 2 (non-US)
Allegiance: Autobot
Function: Scout
Alternate Mode: Sports Car




CAR MODE
Height: 3.5cm Length: 8cm Width: 4.5cm

   A transparent fluorescent yellow sport car with blue windows, Sizzle has a chrome silver engineblock in front of the windshield and non-chrome gold side exhausts just in front of the doors. The tyres are purple (why wouldn't they be?!) and there are red and yellow flame stickers above the larger rear tyres. There's a G2 Autobot logo sticker on the front of the hood, inside the rubsign indent. This sticker is rectangular with a black background - this black is the only muted colour on this car. The chrome is really the only colour here I don't object to, although the blue windows could work well on a decent colour scheme. Sizzle looks like a rainbow threw up on him.

   This car is clearly a street racer, with a long front - longer than the cabin, which ends at the back of the car. The big engineblock and silver exhausts show that Sizzle's built for power and performance. If this was a real car, flames would likely shoot out the side exhausts. The car concept is decent, but in these colours it simply doesn't work - not least because the yellow shows everything underneath it.

   There are two main physical flaws in this mode, neither of which are awful, and with these colours Sizzle's bound to suck anyway. There's a big lump on the back of the cabin, that houses the flint, which sticks out of the grey window. The second is the obvious hinge in front of the engineblock, although you're probably too busy shielding your eyes to notice this one amongst the neon yellow anyway.

   The whole point of the Sparkabots is the sparking mechanism. There's a rubber tyre underneath Sizzle, separate to the plastic wheels, and if you roll him along with some downward force flames will shoot out of a small hole at the back of the car - about 5 centimetres. You generally have to push a few times to get it working, since the friction that makes it work is reliant on heavy resistance and it won't work if there's not enough friction. There's a flint (the same as lighter flint) inside, that will eventually wear down, which provides the sparks. The rubber tyre is a cheaper grade than the original, so the sparking mechanism isn't terribly effective from the outset.

   I'm struggling to find anything good here, and also struggling to find my sunglasses. Shocking colours, a gimmick that's sabotaged by cheap rubber and purple tyres make this a truly awful car mode. The only redeeming feature is that they've retained the chrome, but with everything else going on here even that ends up a liability.

TRANSFORMATION TO ROBOT MODE

   Extend the rear to form the legs, flip up the front of the hood and stand him up. The hinges on the hood are looser than on the G1 version, thankfully.

ROBOT MODE
Height: 8cm Width: 4.5cm

   The yellow gives way here (thank Primus!) to a robot mode that's almost entirely blue. It's even a rather nice mid-blue. The arms are the only remnants of the yellow, but they still look ridiculous, especially if there's a light source behind Sizzle. His face is red and has moulded eyes, mouth and nose. The black rubber tyre sits in the middle of the shins, which are a single piece.

   The robot mode perhaps has too much blue, but anything is better than transparent yellow neon. There are four visible screws on the torso, which is a single piece. One on either hip and one on blocks on either side of his head. I wouldn't mind the screws so much except that the blocks aren't such a good idea to begin with and the screws make for bad kibble. Add to this the thing, single-piece thighs and big wide single-piece boots and Sizzle has a terrible shape here.

   The only play value in this robot mode is the fact the shoulders swing, but this is not enough to save the robot mode. The blue is a nice shade but everything else around it, including the still-visible purple, is awful.

VARIATIONS

   None that I know of. Sizzle was sold only in Europe and Australasia. Sizzle's card featured Blaze's card art, however.

OVERALL

   G1 Sizzle wasn't so good, and it would seem the guy who recoloured this was trying to make this version as bad as possible. Shocking colours and an ineffective gimmick make for an awful toy. Avoid if at all possible - 1/10

"Transformers" and other indica trademarks of Hasbro and/or Takara.